Good music weekend coming up in D.C. Vandaveer and local boys The Deadmen are playing 9:30 on Saturday. I really like Vandaveer's latest release, "Oh, Willie, Please...", especially their dark-but-sexy take on the traditional murder ballad "Pretty Polly." (Actually, hang on, is there any take on a murder ballad that isn't dark? Whatever, I stand by it.)
As for the Deadmen, I just discovered these guys, but they opened for Frank Turner when he was in town recently, and if that doesn't recommend them, I don't know what does.
There's more than a few good ruralicity-friendly shows coming up in the next couple of months: Trampled by Turtles and Hurray for the Riff Raff are playing Route 29 Revue at Merriweather on September 13; if you need a little Texas in your life, Josh Abbott Band and Casey Donahue are playing at the 9:30 Club the day before (September 12); Steep Canyon Rangers and the Hackensaw Boys are at Rams Head Live October 23.
By far and away though, the show I am most excited about is Shovels and Rope and John Fullbright at 9:30 on September 21. I'll admit that I didn't love John Fullbright's latest release "Songs"—it lacks the inertia that his debut has—but I recently saw him play a solo show downstairs at Hill Country, and other than his creepy merch girl who didn't stop drilling boreholes in him with her eyes for his whole performance, it was an awesome show. It's worth going just to see the guy play the piano—he's brutally good. And Shovels and Rope are, obviously, Shovels and Rope. The energy that this husband-and-wife team have on stage together is unparalleled. I don't mind at all when they drill boreholes through one another (and they do).
So if you need something to tide you over, here's the playlist I'm listening to this Friday afternoon.